2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 8,000 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

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Building A Steam Box in Singapore: Introduction and Proposal

Over the next few days, I will be undergoing a construction and testing project for a Steam Machine + Media Center.

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Some of the games that I already own

This will include
1. Small form factor PC, MB, CPU
2. Dedicated GFX card (Nvidia)
3. Linux operating system such as Lubuntu
4. Blu-Ray DVD drive
5. 1TB disc space
6. Additional cooling, cosmetics

Cost: Less than $1000

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Review: Lightweight Desktop environment LXQT 0.9: After 1 year, Is it ready?

Our desktop OS is always meant to be running the latest stable software where possible, but this has to take account experimental, unstable and sometimes old software which have been discontinued but no competitors to follow (yet).

 Screenshot from 2015-05-31 21:03:00

Most people talk about LXDE and XFCE when deciding between which lightweight desktop environment to use with some form of customisable GUI out of the box. Even if you have a powerful computer, using a lightweight desktop will benefit you in some way, for example using Compiz on LXDE will produce beautiful effects with better optimisation of resources.

The new kid on the block is LXQT and version 0.9 has been released for over a year. LXQT is essentially the future form of LXDE, but unlike pokemon, the benefits of evolution is not immediately apparent; the new software is always unstable at first and gradually gets more popular as it becomes more usable and more practical to switch. This post gives general background information about the desktop describes the, experience after tinkering and potential bugs experienced with the desktop.

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Review and Tips: Cities: Skylines

Release: 10 March 2015
Genre: Simulator, City-building
Developer: Colossal Order, published byParadox Interactive
Relations: Sim City 4
Runs on: Windows, Mac, Linux

Example of a developed city

Cities: Skylines has described itself to be a modern take of the classic city simulation game and we know what game is worth mentioning: the old game release more than 10 years ago but kept very alive by mods and community improvements, Sim City 4. Cities: Skylines not only created a modern version of the game, it blew anything Maxis or EA has ever created out of the water. It is no wonder why the reviews are overwhelmingly positive on Steam.

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Telegram: A suitable alternative/replacement for WhatsApp

“But WhatsApp is working so well!!!” – random person on the street

This is phone territory, which I thought I wouldn’t write about, but like most people, I use a smart phone which has now encroached into desktop/laptop territory.

“But WhatsApp cannot be installed on any other device apart from your phone!”

“Exactly… Thats why we have Telegram”

Telegram VS Whatsapp: Let the wars begin!

Screenshot from Telegram website (Android)

Screenshot from Telegram website (Android)

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Lubuntu Guide: Synapse Application Launcher

“For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”  Luke 7:8-9

Lubuntu, unlike Ubuntu, is a light and efficient system that has no launcher on its own. Whilst Ubuntu users are given Dash to use, Lubuntu users are instead given the opportunity to choose what kind of launcher suits them. A dock is not sufficient at this day and age. Imagine you tell your computer ‘Go!’ but you still have to open a folder, find the file, and double click on it. Now all you need to do is tell the computer what you want and it will execute it for you.

Typing 'libre' shows all the options for LibreOffice

Typing ‘libre’ shows all the options for LibreOffice

Most people would find that the Zeitgeist Indexing system to be the most useful and that allows the person to search for ANY file in the computer system. Thus springs the ‘type what you want’ system. The software has been removed from the default repository in 14.04 and most users are unable to install/make the program work on 14.04. This guide covers the ability of the program as well as on how to install and troubleshoot the software on 14.04.

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Tutorial on Wine: Gallium 9, possibly doubling your framerate

Wine is a great system to running programs, but there are many alternatives in Linux. The biggest thing people use wine for is games and the most common complain about games running under the WINE compatibility layer is performance. Naturally, most people would default to the propriety drivers to try to optimise performance, which has been the case for a long time until…

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Review and Tips: Wasteland 2

Release: 19 September 2014
Genre: Tactical RPG
Developer: inXile Entertainment, co-developed by Obsidian Entertainment
Relations: Fallout series, Wasteland.

This is the first review and guide on our site of a relatively recently released game called Wasteland 2. The reason for selecting this game is because it runs natively and it would be good to highlight the rare gems in the limited linux game library, populated by games which feel incomplete or lack the polish of old school RPGs, such as those resembling more like phone apps rather than full featured games.

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Laptop Option Sept 2014

After considering our requirements, we have decided not to proceed with using Aftershock PC as a base for our operating system.

We offer the Toshiba Portege z930 and Z30 model due to their low weight, high portability and SSD option.

The Z930 is 1.12 kg and is one of the world’s lightest ultrabooks. This maximises portability with a relatively decent battery life. The Z30 has almost identical chassis but is slightly heavier and thicker. It offers a longer battery life and slightly more firepower.

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Price
Z930: 1595 SGD (at time of writing, may be less, please check for latest prices.)
Z30:   1720 SGD (at time of writing, may be less, please check for latest prices.)
Ram/HD upgrade available.
Installation of Microsoft Office (under WINE) also available.

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Developers’ Analysis Report 14.04 (September Update)

Lubuntu XELLINK Edition 14.04 was released in May. This report is an update from the previous version released in may, for those who which to know the inner workings and general direction of the operating system, especially for high end users who wish to emulate the system or find concepts to create their own operating system.  Continue reading

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